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For Immediate Release:
August 30, 2016
Media Contact:
Laura Morilla
CFW@miamidade.gov
305-375-4967

Miami-Dade County Commission for Women commends the City of Doral for approval of paid parental leave policy


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL – The City of Doral has approved a paid parental leave policy, championed by Councilwoman Ana Maria Rodriguez, for city employees.  The policy is one of the first passed by a municipality in Miami-Dade County and will allow up to four weeks of paid leave for new parents. The policy passed as a one-year pilot program in order to determine the costs to the city and will be reviewed after one year by the Doral City Council for possible permanent implementation.

The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women actively advocated for the passage of this policy and commends the Doral City Council for its leadership and support of women and families in our community. 

"Councilwoman Ana Maria Rodriguez's leadership on this issue was critical to passage of the legislation, and we hope it will inspire other cities to follow suit," said Viviana Jordan, Second Vice Chair of the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women and the Commission for Women's point person for the issue of paid parental leave.

With this new policy, Doral joins a growing group of states and municipalities across the country that are helping working parents balance the demands of work and family obligations. On February 2, 2016, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners passed a similar paid parental leave ordinance sponsored by Commissioner Juan Zapata. 

Created in 1971, the Commission for Women falls under the purview of the Office of Community Advocacy, a division of the Office of the Chair, and serves as an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners, the County administration and the public at large about issues pertaining to the status of women. The Commission for Women also advocates for women in the community and strives to improve their quality of life. For more information, contact the Commission for Women at (305) 375-4967 or CFW@miamidade.gov, or visit www.miamidade.gov/advocacy/women-board-home.asp.